Grow your Own Vegetables

March 11th – October 14th
8 Saturday workshops spread over the growing season

Facilitator: Siobhán Lavelle

Time: 11:00 – 15:30


€30 to €50 per workshop pay as you go

€180 –  €300 for entire course if booked by March 1st (25% discount)

The workshops can be taken as part of an 8 part course or each as stand alone workshops

Sliding scale is to accommodate people on lower incomes. Please pay what you can afford to help balance out costs.

Barter offers may be accepted. Please contact us to discuss this option.

Learn how to grow your own nutritious, chemical free vegetables from seed to harvest. Grow vegetables with less effort by working with nature’s systems.

Practical, hands-on, interactive workshops in a relaxed, friendly setting.

What you will learn:

  • Sowing seeds – various methods
  • Understanding and improving your soil
  • Transplanting seedlings correctly
  • Inexpensive, natural home remedies for pest and disease problems
  • No dig gardening
  • Companion planting and polyculture
  • Natural, low maintenance weed control
  • Annual vegetables, perennial vegetables and herbs
  • Composting
  • Seed-saving


  • March 11th
  • April 15th
  • May 13th
  • June 10th
  • July 8th
  • August 12th
  • September 9th
  • October 14th

Food: Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. We will break for lunch between 13:00 and 13:45.

About the facilitator:

Siobhán is a qualified horticulturist who has been growing vegetables for 12 years and teaching horticulture for 6+ years. She is a diploma candidate with the UK Permaculture Association and is a co-founder of Coole Eco Community.

She is passionate about empowering people to grow their own food and about finding ways to make food production easier by understanding and working with nature.

Month by month plan

This plan is provisional, subject to weather and the pace the group and the plants are moving at. We will be growing and caring for crops in real time and responding to whatever issues arise as we go.


Seed sowing (indoors)


Understanding soil

Finding and creating micro-climates


Creating no-dig beds

Seed sowing (outdoors)

Potting on

Planting potatoes


Planting out

Companion planting

Crop rotation

Beneficial plants and insects

Building support structures for peas and beans

Minimum effort weed control


Natural pest and disease control


Chop and drop


Successional sowing


Perennial vegetables

Uses of weeds

Ongoing plant care


More on pest and disease control

Choosing vegetable varieties

Ongoing plant care


Overwinter crops


Combining vegetables with trees


Green manures

Seed saving

Harvest and celebration